Ex-Tropical Cyclone Jasper Updates

Published on: 17th December 2023

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In an emergency, our Information Services team is also available to support:
Callie Rigby (Cairns) – 0438 716 068 (SMS, IMO or Facetime)
Michelle Seach (Townsville) – 0417 164 679 (SMS or IMO)
Update Sunday 17 December
Emergency warnings in Far North Queensland
There is currently a Major Flood Warning from the Cairns Disaster Group in the Cairns area now.
These areas are Mount Molloy, Southedge, Kuranda, Mareeba and Cairns. Properties will experience flooding. Move to higher ground now if it is safe to do so, or the upper floors of your building.
If you are in immediate danger contact 000.
Worst of flooding still to come, there is a high tide at 1pm which will make things worse.
Lots of roads are closed due to flooding. Make sure you check and see if your way to evacuate is clear before you go.
Evacuation centres are open at PCYC in Edmonton and Marlin Coast Recreation Centre in Smithfield. Space is limited, so go there as a last resort.
If you are in Mossman, prepare to leave for a safe place.
If you are in Caravonica, Lake Placid or Kamerunga, move to higher ground.
If you are in Wonga Beach, Hinchinbrook Shire or Cassowary Coast, monitor conditions and get ready to leave it you have to.
There are major flood warnings for the Barron, Daintree, Mossman, Mulgrave, Johnstone, Tully, Murray, Russell and Herbert Rivers.

Update 14 December:

See updates from ABC News here: https://ab.co/3uUAeFJ

The ex-TC is still large even though it’s no longer at cyclone intensity. Just over 100 people are still in evacuation centres, but many of those people are expected to return home today. So far there is no reported loss of life or severe injury from the Cyclone, so make sure you keep paying attention to safety directions.
There’s plenty more rain and wind forecast so you should still be cautious. At 6:30am, Cairns Regional Council sent out a text message saying Cyclone Jasper had passed Cairns and there is no risk of storm surge.
You should be careful of damage, fallen trees and powerlines, and other hazards. Flooding may still affect you.
Here is the latest warning from the BOM:
  • Major flood warning for the Daintree and flood warning for the Mossman River
  • Moderate flood warning for the Mulgrave River and flood warning for the Russell River
  • Minor flood warning for the Barron River
  • Minor flood warning for the Tully River and flood warning for the Murray River
  • Flood watch for the North Tropical Coast, parts of the Cape York Peninsula and Gulf Country
Our Deaf Connect staff in Cairns have checked the office and there is some flooding – we will tell you when it is safe to visit.
We have been check in with clients and the community today, as we have been all week.

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